If Hurricane Sandy taught New York City one thing, it’s that the city was not prepared to tackle its fallout. Now approaching the superstorm’s five-year anniversary, only 189 of 500 houses that will be rebuilt through the city’s post-Sandy repair program, Build It Back, have been constructed, and some 13 percent of those who enrolled in the program have yet to receive any benefits. On top of that, the various systems and programs the city has enacted to tackle the effects of the storm have highlighted how bureaucratic red tape has disadvantaged progress.
With all that in mind, planning and advocacy think tank the Regional Plan Association has released a new report that calls for the creation of a Regional Coastal Commission for New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut that would connect the states and municipalities to come up with a comprehensive framework to tackle coastal resiliency.
The report, titled “Coastal Adaptation: A Framework for Governance and Funding to Address Climate Change,” offers a roadmap for how the region’s different municipalities can band together under said commission to prepare for, rather than react to, the storms of the future.
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